Monday, September 19, 2011

DIY Paper Lanterns & A Garden Engagement Party

This upcoming weekend, two of the most fabulous girls I know, Katrina and Kristen, are hosting a "Garden Inspired Engagement Party," for our dear friends Brynn and Palmer. In preparation for the lovely shindig, five of us girls got together over the weekend for a "Paper Lantern Party." For hours DAYS, we suffered hot glue burns, numb fingers, and paper cuts, all for the most amazing. massive. puffy. gorgeous. paper lanterns!!
The final product:
Each 38" lantern takes approximately 500 coffee filters, and 2 hours to create. I recommend picking up your coffee filters bulk (here), lanterns in bulk (here) and hot glue sticks in bulk (here) too! After an entire weekend of gluing, we are only about 2/3 of the way finished, and will be gathering several evenings this week to knock the rest of them out (K+K have their hearts set on 30 lanterns)! And it doesn't stop there - the lanterns are just one of approximately 45 decorations that Katrina and Kristen have planned for. 

 Here is all you need:

{574,375,436,252,543} Coffee Filters
{5} committed friends
Lots of coffee 
I couldn't wait to see these delicate beauties hanging at the party...
All finished and ready to party...


Amazing, right?

For more pictures of this amazing Garden Engagement Party, check out Katrina from come+together events party post {here}!

22 comments:

  1. Wow, I'm impressed! I thought making a ribbon wreath that takes 4 hours to make took a long time. The lanterns look great and I'm sure the party will be fabulous.

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  2. Coffee filter? Mint? Key to the Greeks? No tent talking! Loving your blog and hope your burns heal!

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  3. oh my goodness those are amazing! What great friends you are :)

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  4. I have that lamp and I have been looking for a DIY for it- I will def be doing this! Thanks!! :)

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  5. I'm so excited to show everyone this party in its entirety! the lanterns are JUST the beginning! Thanks for posting about this Xtina! :)

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  6. ah these are SO cute!! How simple!!

    ...if only coffee filters came in different colors lol

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  7. I LOVE those. Now I know what to do with some of the paper lanterns I had purchased for my wedding. Now I can take them out of the attic and use them again!!!

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  8. You girls are full of creative juices! I love these! I can't wait to see the final outcome! xo

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  9. Great idea.
    My only concern would be that so many fresh coffee filters have to be used. Can you share something which is recycled... how about used coffee filters?
    Just a thought... coz im not much into wastage. Im sure this one looks fantastic when lit up.

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  10. Wow that is gorgeous!!!! I love seeing those hanging around! I'm hosting a fun give away if you're interested in stopping by! Have a great week!

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  11. These are WAY fabulous! Thanks for sharing such a great idea!!

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  12. How cute is this. What a great DIY project I am definitely going to try this out!

    xo

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  13. I love this!! Are you still able to fold down the lanterns for storage??

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  14. Soak the filters in food coloring, let them dry, and then you can have these cute puff ball lanterns in all sorts of colors!

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  15. Do you have a step by step on this? Would be great - it's hard to see the pics up close of the process, and not sure how you folded the coffee filters and glued them down to look so cute! Nice job!

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  16. Thanks so much for the idea. This was a great inspiration.

    I tried lighting up the balls from the inside and it is quite magical. Highly recommended. Here is a video of what it looks like.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/dgzdg6ahikz59hj/2013-05-20%2023.36.13.mp4

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  17. What lights did you use on the inside or did you use the lanterns with batteries??

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  18. The glue gun didn't burn the paper lanterns?

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